We can’t deny that the winter season is upon us. With that comes the begrudged times where we take our shovels and head to the driveway to try to get our cars free. Every year, we hear of stories where people have either thrown their backs out or unfortunately had a heart attack because of the exertion of shovelling snow. It’s hard work! Especially if you aren’t used to it!
When we are shovelling snow, we are moving heavy weights and heaving them onto a pile over and over again. Low back pain is one of the biggest contributors to disability in the world and so hurting our backs in the snow is not ideal. Therefore, we need to make sure we’re taking the necessary precautions to protect ourselves.
Here are some tips to protect the back (some of them I go into in the video!)
The other thing about shovelling snow is that it is a lot of exertion on the body. If your body isn’t used to it, it can be tough for your body to recover. Heart attacks because of shovelling snow are, unfortunately, too common.
Here are some tips to protect the heart (some of them I go into in the video!).
If you’ve had a heart attack in the past, maybe snow shovelling isn’t for you but EXERCISE is! Physiotherapy can be one option to get you started. Here is an article about why you need to get back at it (or start if you haven’t in the past!).